Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Getting out of the house: Go to the library!

I had forgotten how much fun going to the library could be. When I stayed home with Brady from age 7 months to 4 years, we went to the library all the time. That was in South Carolina and Florida.

We went to story times, festivals or just to explore, play with toys and check out books and DVDs. Here in small-town Kansas the library is a little different, smaller, and we can only go Monday nights after school. But it was pure joy when Brady found the kids' section and started looking through books.

And in typical Brady fashion, he picked up a toy phone from one of the books and "called" the librarian who was on the other side of the room, LOL! She was a good sport and played along and he had her laughing with his sense of humor and enthusiasm. He now knows her by  name and he asked her all sorts of questions about how she keeps track of the books and how the cards inside them work and how long we could keep the books. He also told her he "didn't think it was fair he had to wait until he was 8 to use the computers."

But when he is, we can sit side by side and look things up together.

He chose all Little Critter books, one of my favorite characters, and signed all 7 library cards himself. It was amusing to see that every single one had one year or another been checked out by his babysitter or her siblings. 

Libraries are one of the most educational, comfortable, joyous places I know. If you live in a big city, it is an awesome way to meet other moms at story time and get out of the house. Even in a small city, you can set your little one up with a few books or toys and have a little bit of a breather. 

We also used to check out DVDs from our library in South Carolina and Florida. This is a great way to save money but have something new to watch. 

Here are our books, all due by Feb. 18! 

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